Chris Ijeli to Lead Dorman Long Engineering to Next Frontier

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

A leading oilfield equipment, structural steel, marine structures engineering, and fabrication company in West Africa, Dorman Long Engineering, has appointed Mr Chris Ijeli as its new Managing Director.

The engineer by profession is expected to lead the organisation to its next frontier in the steel engineering and fabrication industry.

With over 38 years of experience in project management and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) for oil and gas, manufacturing and heavy industry, he will undertake full responsibility for the leadership and development of Dorman Long’s operations across the continent.

In his previous roles, Mr Ijeli successfully envisioned and executed projects worth over $1.5 billion, transforming the face of infrastructure and driving the national and economic development of the nation.

This attracted the firm to him and quickly got him to head the affairs of Dorman Long Engineering, which has remained committed to furthering the growth of the engineering sector in Nigeria and the sub-Saharan African region since its establishment in 1949.

“Engr. Chris’s enthusiasm for embracing innovative technologies will drive Dorman Long’s continued growth and market leadership. Under his guidance, we are confident that the company will undoubtedly scale new heights, build on our strong foundations, and create lasting value for all stakeholders and the nation.

“We have been a partner in the development and progress of Nigeria from independence and it remains our mission to continue being a partner in the evolution and development of Nigeria,” the chairman of the firm, Mr Timi Austen-Peters, stated.

“I am honoured and humbled to take on the mantle as Managing Director, joining an exceptional team at Dorman Long Engineering.

“Dorman Long has established itself as a pioneering force in the engineering industry with a solid legacy of excellence. I look forward to building upon its rich heritage and working together to deliver innovative and cutting-edge solutions to clients, whilst exploring new growth opportunities,” Mr Ijeli said.

With a proven track record of driving growth and innovation in the engineering sector, the appointee will play a key role in furthering the company’s commitment to local content and infrastructural development.

In a related development, Dorman Long Engineering has appointed Mr Babajide Agunbiade as an independent non-executive director.

As the CEO of Alpha Energy Resources, a diversified conglomerate with interests in offshore production and mining, he is one of the world’s leading offshore production experts and one of only 13 subject matter experts globally in subsea production systems.

With the appointment of two esteemed experts driving and supporting strategic growth and development, Dorman Long Engineering says it is poised to remain at the forefront of the engineering industry.

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